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SOURCES: U.S. Department of Transportation, Research
and Innovative Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation
Statistics, based on data from various sources.
United States-U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Census
Bureau, Foreign Trade Division, available at www.census.gov/foreign-trade/www
as of May 12, 2009.
World-International Monetary Fund, Direction of
Trade Statistics. Available at www.imfstatistics.org/dot as of Sept. 14,
- In 2008, about 13 percent of world freight exports from more than 200 countries ($2.1
trillion out of $16 trillion) were bound for the United States. Of this amount, 55 percent was
oceanborne cargo, 20 percent was air cargo, and about 25 percent was carried by land modes
of transportation (USDOC CB FTD 2009).
- For the United States' top three trading partners, the proportion of their exports bound to the
United States were:
- Canada, 78 percent;
- China, 19 percent; and
- Mexico, 80 percent.